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Wade Boggs 2005 Topps Turkey Red

Wade Boggs 2005 Topps Turkey Red

Another card of Wade Boggs playing defense…

But, with the vintage Topps Turkey design, I think that I would have preferred he be hitting.  For me, this style of card is better suited for a player holding a bat in a posed position rather than in an action, defensive spot.

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Still, another nice card for my collection.  I really like the attention to detail on this card, from the shoe brand to the lacing on Boggs’ glove – VERY NICELY DONE!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 318/660 – #489 – Cecil Cooper, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 318/660 – #489 – Cecil Cooper, Red Sox

Progress: 318/660

Card Number:  489

Player Name:  Cecil Cooper

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  First Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1971-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Cooper hit .311 for the Red Sox in 1975 as he connected for 95 hits in 305 at-bats.  Of his 95 hits, Cooper collected 17 doubles, 6 triples, and 14 home runs.  He drove in 49 runs during the season while also scoring 44 times.

Notes From Career:  Cecil Cooper is a career .298 hitter with 5 All-Star selections, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, and 2 Gold Gloves on his resume.  Copper connected for 2,192 hits in 1,896 games played.  He is a 2-time league leader in doubles and RBI and also a former MVP candidate.

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Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

Wade Boggs 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send In

I’m always digging the cards of Wade Boggs from his early Red Sox years that feature him playing defense.

And this one from the 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In set is a beauty!

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While Boggs was known for his hitting prowess, he was a sharp defender of the ‘hot corner’.  He has a lifetime fielding percentage of .962 at third base, and while that is not a record-setting number, it is fantastic for a player that is solely known for his offensive punch.

Gotta love #26!

1975 Topps Set Card 311/660 – #333 – Dick Drago, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 311/660 – #333 – Dick Drago, Red Sox

Progress: 311/660

Card Number:  333

Player Name:  Dick Drago

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1969-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Dick Drago appeared in 40 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1975.  He went 2-2 during the year with 15 saves.  In 72 innings of work, Drago gave up 69 hits and 31 runs en route to an ERA of 3.84.  He also struck out 43 batters while walking 31.

Notes From Career:  Dick Drago has a career record of 108-117 with 58 saves.  In 13 seasons of play, he pitched for five different clubs both as a starter and relief pitcher.  He has a lifetime ERA of 3.62 as he allowed 1,901 hits and 827 runs in 1,875 innings of work.

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Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Johnny Damon turns 41 years old today.

While Johnny Damon is not named with the sport’s greatest players, he has certainly put himself into the category of ‘Winner’.  And some of the sport’s biggest stars cannot make that claim.

Relatively unknown until he joined the Red Sox, Damon was a quiet player that toiled around in both Kansas City and Oakland for the first 7 years of his career.  During that time, her perfected his craft as a solid hitter with a knack for collecting doubles and stolen bases.

When Damon arrived in Boston in 2002, his ability on the field as well as personality shined and he soon became a fan favorite.  Damon helped the Sox win the World Series title in 2004 and his new-found fame garnered him 2 All-Star team selections and MVP consideration.

Damon moved on to the Yankees in 2006, and again he helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport in 2009 as the Yankees collected another World Series title.

Johnny Damon has proven to be a very skilled baseball player.  His consistency on offense is remarkable, and his time in the major leagues has been relatively injury free – a true credit to a player that played as hard as he did!

Here’s to Johnny Damon!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 63 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.

A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

Wade Boggs 1987 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

Wade Boggs 1987 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

I have to guess that the people at Kay-Bee Toystores though that creating a baseball card set like many other big-box retailers was simply a way to keep up with the competition.

But, they put out a set in 1987 that I think is one of the best oddball sets of the year.

Here is the Wade Boggs card from their 1987 release:

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Yes, it may not be as lively as some others or feature some ‘Collector’s Edition’ attention grabbing headline, but the card is very nice and clean.

I like the look of the card with the 2-row headline, and the Kay-Bee logo on the bottom is pretty neat as well.

I especially like the large image that was saved to show off the player – and this picture of a young Wade Boggs is both neat and unique!